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Research unearths potential career path

It’s pretty evident. Cassie McMillian enjoys testing the limits of her curiosity. Where it goes, she follows with enthusiasm.

Her latest academic quest began with a simple cultural anthropology class, then grew into a healthy fascination this past summer digging in Ohio at a Hopewell habitation site to ultimately reaching a national stage this month at the 114th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Denver. McMillian, a senior anthropology and psychology major, has been working with DeeAnne Wymer, professor of anthropology, since the spring on the professor’s ongoing research of the Hopewell culture in southern Ohio that existed between about 100 B.C. and A.D. 400.

“(It’s) a huge experience as an undergrad to present research at a national conference,” says McMillian of her opportunity to present this latest research at the AAA meetings. “I also present last year, so I’m building my CV (curriculum vitae). And I’ve had the field school, so I’m building my CV even more, which makes me a good candidate for grad school.”

Women’s Rugby reaches Final Four

Women's Rugby Club

And then there were four.

As a result of its 74-17 victory over Ithaca College in the Division II Women’s Rugby Elite Eight last weekend, the Bloomsburg University Women’s Rugby Club is just two victories away from a national championship.

BU travels to Furman University, S.C., for the Final Four next weekend.

The team reached the Elite Eight following an 80-5 victory over Rutgers University in the Sweet 16s, which was hosted by Vassar College, N.Y. BU won its first-ever Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference championship earlier this month by defeating University of Delaware in the semifinal and defeating Kutztown University for the title.

By advancing to the championship round, BU is among four teams remaining out of 120 teams competing at the Division II level.

Honors research reaches national stage

Honors Research Conference

Seven students from the Honors Program were recently selected to present their Honors Independent Study research projects at the 50th annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) in Chicago. Congratulations to all the students who represented BU very well in their poster sessions. Students in the photo are shown at the NCHC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala on Saturday night. BU students who attended NCHC this year are:

  • Aaron Whitebread, senior, information technology management – A Study of the Incident Response Rate for Security Breaches by PASSHE University with Loreen Powell
  • Abigail Messinger, senior, speech-language pathology and audiology; Spanish – Providing SLP Services to Bilingual Aphasics: A National Survey with Kimberly Cardimona
  • Bethany Lemak, senior, speech pathology and audiology – Effect on Reaction Times for a Prime LD Task When Using a Math Intervenor Between Trials with Pamela Smith
  • Abigail Brown, senior, nursing – Music-Based Interventions to Enhance Behavior in Students with Mindi Miller
  • Olivia Best, senior, psychology – Effects of Chronic Stress on Incubation of Palatable Food Craving: Role of Dopamine D1-Like Receptors with Kevin Ball
  • Nick Cellucci, senior, mass communications – Comparing Current Media Literacy Perspectives from College Students and Older Adults with David Magolis
  • Austin Olson, senior, health physics – Effects of Scatter Radiation on Medical Personnel Wearing Damaged Lead Aprons with David Simpson

Students present Honors Independent Study

Honors students take two three-credit independent study courses where they work with a faculty mentor to complete a year-long research project. The final piece of their assessment is a 30-minute oral presentation along with a written research paper, which is open for submission for publication. Presentations will be held in the Honors classroom in Luzerne Hall, Room B-9. All are open to the campus community.

Monday, Nov. 30

  • 2:30 p.m. — Shelby Coleman, Drinking Before the Drills: A Study of Three Pristine Water Sites in Sullivan County with Christopher Hallen
  • 3 p.m. — Maggie Hill, Digital Devil Invasion: Cyberethnography of the Megami Tensei Fanbase with Faith Warner
  • 3:30 p.m. — Karen Wilwol, The Relationship Between Spatial Familiarity and Wayfinding with Mobile Devices with John Hints

Tuesday, Dec. 1

  • 1:30 p.m. — Alexis Wasko, The Academic Impact of Access to an Interactive Whiteboard on the Achievement of Elementary School Children with Frank D’Angelo
  • 2 p.m. — Katie Nolt, Evaluating Pre-Service Teachers’ Attitudes Toward Linguistic Diversity with Angelo Costanzo

Thursday, Dec. 3

  • 10 a.m. — Morgan Lewis, Inhibition of Blood Clot Formation Using the Tetrapeptides acet-FSPR-amide, acet-LSPR-amide, and acet-ISPR-amide with Toni Trumbo
  • 10:30 a.m. — Katie Darling, Little Team, Big World: Developing a Fan Base in the Face of Big Competition

MAL shines in nation's capital

Model Arab League Trip

Members of Bloomsburg University's Model Arab League (MAL) recently attended the Capital Area Regional Model in Washington, D.C. They represented the Sultanate of Oman and visited the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, where they met with the Ambassador, the Cultural Attache and several other Embassy officials.

The team won a Distinguished Delegation Award, while Eric Pangelinan, Amel Elsheakh, and Shyer Amin won Outstanding Delegate Awards for their representation on the Joint Defense Council and Joint Crisis Committee respectively.

MAL is a student leadership program where students learn, research, debate issues related to the Arab World. Members: Kimberly Martin, Paige Stanley, Rachel Green, Eric Pangelinan, Amel Elsheakh, Thomas Weber, Chad Haney, Dan Pagana, Sadman Mondalib, Shyer Amin, Timothy Shaw, Alexandra Ziegler, Haleigh McDonald, and Emma Holland.

Forensics Team showcases talent at multiple tournaments

Speech and Debate Team

Bloomsburg University’s Forensics Team recently won 25 individual speech and debate awards, including six first places, and fifth place and third place overall finishes at two recent Collegiate Forensic Association Speech and Debate tournaments at Morgan State University and Shippensburg University.

Bloomsburg University placed fifth out of eight schools at Morgan State University, finishing ahead of Liberty University, Lynchburg College, and Lord Fairfax Community College.

The team then placed third out of 8 schools at the CFA Holiday Tournament held at Shippensburg University, finishing ahead of Liberty University, West Virginia-Parkersburg, the University of Richmond, Davis and Elkins College, and Lord Fairfax Community College.

Neil Strine, director of the Forensics Team, and alumnus, Jackson Staples ’14, served as speech and debate judges at both tournaments. Timothy Oleksiak, assistant professor of English, and Erin Brummett, assistant professor of communication studies, serve as faculty coaches for the team. Forensics, which is supported by funding through the Community Government Association, meets every Monday at 9 p.m. in Bakeless Center 202. New members are always welcome.

Math Night equals fun

Math Night

A group Bloomsburg University dual elementary education/special education majors recently helped roughly 50 students at St. Joseph’s Memorial School in Danville see the fun in math. The education majors got some hands-on classroom experience by creating engaging and standards-based activities to facilitate math topics in an fun fashion.

“I loved observing all of the activities the Bloomsburg Students came up with,” said Chloe Stine, a senior elementary education/special education major, who participated in Math Night last spring as well. “Last semester, I participated by creating an interactive station. This semester I took on a different role and had the opportunity to come back and take pictures.”

Kennedy Hilbolt, a senior elementary education/special education major, said the Math Night experience was great affirmation of the teaching skills she is learning through the College of Education.

“Being able to interact with children and plan learning experiences for them is something that we all love and enjoy doing,” Hilbolt said. “Having the opportunity to apply the math skills we are learning with students is something that really benefits our future careers. We all had a great time, and seeing the smiles of all the kids definitely made it all worth it!”

Husky Career Road Trip along the PA Turnpike

Turnpike Career Road Trip

A group of Bloomsburg University students learned about the wide range of career opportunities available with the PA Turnpike Commission during a recent Husky Career Road Trip. The commission hires graduates in a variety of majors, such as accounting, management, mathematics, communication studies and ITM, according Craig Shuey, chief operations officer.

Shuey graduated from BU in 1994 and hosted the trip. During their visit, the students learned about the history of the commission, toured the facility, heard about job and internship opportunities and enjoyed a networking lunch before returning to campus.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) was created in 1937 to construct, finance, operate, and maintain the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The commission consists of five members. Four members are appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania. The fifth member is the Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation. In addition to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the commission also operates the James E. Ross Highway, Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass, Mon/Fayette Expressway and Pittsburgh's Southern Beltway, the latter two of which are currently under construction.

Graduate student get published

Graduate Student Publication

Elizabeth Kribbs, a master’s degree student in Middle Level Education (Grades 4-8) Program, recently had her research paper published in the “International Journal of Research and Science.”

Her paper, “A Review of the Effects of Visual-Spatial Representations and Heuristics on Word Problem Solving in Middle School Mathematics,” reviews the techniques of Visual-spatial representation and Heuristics to see how these strategies might help students in middle schools solve mathematic word problems.

“I am getting my master’s degree in middle level mathematics, so naturally I am interested in strategies that would help these students,” said Kribbs. “I wanted to focus on word problems, because my experiences have shown me that these problems continue to pose a significant challenge to students. I wanted to find solutions that would satisfy both the needs of these students and the current demands for research-based practices.”

With out the help of her professor Beth Rogowsky, Kribbs said she would have not taken her paper to the extent it got to. Rogowsky was the one who encouraged Kribbs to send her manuscript to a research journal.

“She worked with me throughout the summer, sharing her experiences and offering me new research opportunities to make sure that everything in my paper was ready for publication,” Kribbs said. “I could not have done this without her.”

Military students, DKE brothers go the extra mile for veterans


Led by the Bloomsburg University Student Veterans Association and Delta Kappa Epsilon, military students and Greek Life members walked the Academic Quad on Veterans Day to raise money for the National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide.

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates 23 veterans die from suicide each day. This equates to more 8,000 deaths per year, and nearly 20 percent of all suicides in the United States.

For every $23 dollars raised BU’s military students and DKE brothers pledged to walk a mile on Wednesday, Nov. 11, to raise awareness for veteran suicide. The group ended up walking 246 miles, raising more than $3,225. All proceeds benefitted the National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide.

ACM students showcase programming talents

ACM Conference Contest

Two teams from Bloomsburg University’s Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) student chapter competed in a test of computer programming skills at Stockton University this fall.

The contest was part of the CCSC-Eastern Regional Conference, which featured 19 teams from schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Participating for BU were Brett Logan, Jacob Daniels, Daniel Pany, Brian Fekete, Courtney Pachucki and Rio Weber.

CCSC-Eastern is the Consortium of Computing Sciences in Colleges, Eastern Region. Erik Wynters, professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, also presented a poster on parallel computing with GPUs.

The CCSC Eastern Regional Conference is designed to promote the exchange of information among college personnel and K-12 educators concerned with computer use and education in the academic environment. It provides an affordable regional forum for the exchange of ideas and information concerning computing and computing curricula. The consortium is a non-profit organization focused on promoting quality computer-oriented curricula as well as effective use of computing in smaller institutions of higher learning which are typically non-research in orientation. It supports activities which assist faculty in making appropriate judgments concerning computing resources and educational applications of computer technology.

Phi Kappa Phi Recognition Awards Ceremony

Phi Kappa Phi

Bloomsburg University’s Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, recently held an annual award ceremony to recognize students with academic excellence in all disciplines. The chapter awards students yearly based on their academic performance during the student’s freshman year.

This event was conducted by Kevin Ball, chapter president, Phi Kappa Phi, and associate professor of psychology. After beginning, Provost and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Ira Blake started the panel discussion, and awards ceremony.

During the award ceremony, 78 students were honored. The ceremony was concluded by Cynthia Surmacz, chapter secretary, Phi Kappa Phi, professor of biological and allied health sciences. Afterwards campus organizations gathered for light conversation with all participating professors and honored students.

What do you know about Hungary?

GASI Conference

Bloomsburg University's Global Awareness Society International is offering the chance to visit Hungary, present your research to an international audience, and interact with scholars and professionals from around the world. Its 25th annual interdisciplinary conference will be held May 26 to 29, 2016, in Budapest Hungary. Whether you choose to present a paper or simply attend our sessions and discussion groups, this conference will raise your awareness of a multitude of global issues.

A post-conference History and Culture of Hungary Program, May 30 to June 4, will introduce participants to Hungarian traditions, cuisine, and modern day customs. Participation in the conference and post-conference activities is open to all. Students are encouraged to pursue GASI scholarship opportunities for travel grants, which offer partial support for the presentation of student research. Details, registration forms, and further information can be received by contacting Jim Pomfret at

Downtown parking permits go on sale

Downtown Parking Permits

Parking permits valid for Jan. 1, 2016, through June 30, 2016, will go on public sale Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Bloomsburg Police Station, 301 E. 2nd St., during office hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Current permit holders may purchase permits ahead of public sale on Nov. 23 to 25, and Nov. 30. Must have old permit and all the following listed below to purchase a permit.

Winter Session Campus Parking

If you are currently attending class for the Fall 2015 semester, your decal will be valid throughout the winter session. As there will be no shuttle service from upper campus, Tan decals will be valid in the Commuter lots (Black and Purple). No decals are needed if you are a new Commuter or Resident for the winter session. If you are a new Commuter student please park in the "Commuter lots." If you are a new Resident student please park in the "First Street (Green) lot." If you park in other lots you may be ticketed. If you have any parking questions, please contact University Police at 570-389-2211.

Spring 2016 Permit Registration

Online vehicle registration will begin on Monday, Dec. 7, for parking permits for commuters and residents for the spring semester. Please apply through Please use only your BU Student Email address when applying for a permit. You will need your Student Husky ID number in order to place your order as well. When entering your mailing address for the school; please use the same address that you use in MyHusky.

Your temporary parking permit will allow you to park in the designated area that the permit is approved for. The temporary parking permit is valid for a period of 10 days. If you have not received your actual parking decal in the mail at this point, please contact the Bloomsburg University Police Department at 570-389-2211.